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SEPT. 9, 1914 -- MARCH 28, 2005

Richard E. Benson of Eden, a retired chemist and former Eden Board of Education member, died last Monday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 90.

Born in Laclede, Mo., he had lived in Eden for the last 63 years. He earned doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois and Iowa State University and also taught at West Virginia University.

Mr. Benson worked as a chemist for Carborundum Co. from 1940 to the late 1950s and later at Spencer Kellogg and Sons and Brimms. He served as a consultant, starting in 1955, and set up his own business, Benson Process Engineering Co., retiring about 15 years ago.

Mr. Benson served three terms with the Eden Central School Board during the 1960s.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ellen Gay; two sons, Richard M. of Syracuse and Charles of Jamestown; two daughters, Patricia G. Minnick of Ohio and Lou Ellen Homan of North Boston; a sister, Ruth L. of Columbia, Mo.; a brother, Donald V. of Fayette, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday. Burial was in Grimsby, Ont.


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